Goalkeeper Tommy Lee has been through thick and thin with the club over his 7 years at the Proact Stadium. The former Manchester United apprentice is close to reaching 300 games for the club and as long as he can grasp on to the number one spot under the new boss, he should reach that milestone. The 29-year-old picked up an unfortunate injury towards the back end of last term which rules him out of the play-offs, forcing the club to bring in Joe Murphy on loan. His leadership has been a vital in Chesterfield’s last few seasons’, leading to him being named in the 2014 League Two team of the year, but his absence versus MK Dons ultimately heavily affected the team as a whole.
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Former Premier League striker Sylvain Ebanks-Blake was a marquee singing for the Derbyshire club. After Eoin Doyle’s departure mid way through last season, his almost guaranteed goals were impossible to replace. In the former Wolves number nine they may have found that man. He netted 61 times in 177 games for Wolves but repetitive injuries forced his release following the conclusion of the 2012/13. He trained with former boss Mick McCarthy at Ipswich Town before agreeing a short term deal at Preston last term. He scored one goal, but more important regained some fitness and got back on the pitch, where a striker of his quality belongs.
After the sudden departure of Paul Cook to Portsmouth it may be difficult for Chesterfield to regain the undoubted momentum they had from their League Two triumph and unfortunate play-off exit to Preston North End. Cook also led the Spirites to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final in their promotion winning season, but they were beaten 3-1 by a Peterborough United side full of attacking talent. New manager Dean Saunders ended the season taking Crawley Town back down to the forth tier, but was immediately appointed after the departure of Cook. Much of the teams sturdy rearguard was down to experienced defender Ian Evatt. The former Blackpool man nurtured man of the younger players through the season but was ever focused on his performances which show through what he produced at the back on a regular basis.